The 5 things employers will look for in your resume.
If you're just starting to build up your kick-ass resume, or you have one already, this article will act as an easy checklist!
You only get one chance at a first impression. So even if you decide to put up a wonderful video resume or you go for the classically written resume, always have your reader in mind. What are they looking for? How can you stand out from the crowd? Don't just work hard, work smart.
Connect the dots
For a recruiter or potential employer, it should be easy to see what's going on with the glimpse of an eye. Bear the KISS principle in mind: Keep It Short & Simple. Using a simple design template can be a good beginning. But don't forget about the content.
Use clear and descriptive titles. Don't just put down internship but use marketing internship or web developer intern.
When describing your past academic achievements or experiences, make sure there's a connection between what you're telling them. A resume is your professional story. So, keep certain storytelling principles in mind while writing it. If there's absolutely no connection between your experience as a freelance photographer and the job you're applying to, just leave it out.
"To infinity... and beyond!" - Buzz Lightyear
Go Above & Beyond
Don't place too much focus on where and when in your resume. Stress what you've learned and what you've accomplished.
Make sure to showcase your experiences and achievements. Don't be happy with only displaying simple facts and figures.
Sure, these are important too. But it's what you've learned and what you've accomplished that is truly interesting for a recruiter or employer.
For example. When mentioning your academic background go further than just mentioning what, when and where. Tell them about your extracurricular activities, what your favorite (or best) subjects were and how you've put to practice what you've learned at school.
The key difference between a good resume and a great one is balance. Recruiters will look for these 4 basic elements in your resume.
"The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra." ― Jimmy Johnson
Experience and accomplishments aren't necessarily the same thing. It's great if you have a lot of experience in a certain field, it's even better if you put down your accomplishments. What exactly did you do to make it a success?
Keep a couple of cards up your sleeve though. You'll want to surprise and impress them at your interview as well.
Only put down that what you think is most likely to get you in that chair.
"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." - John Fitzgerald Kennedy
On a final note: show your initiative. When mentioning previous accomplishments or assignments, make sure they are sure about the part you played. People who take charge of their own future will always be placed on top of the pile.
Do you have anything to add to this article, or tips of your own? Please share them in the comment section down below.
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APRIL, 4 / 2019
Text author: Georgina Cocker Photography: Unsplash